Tips to Increase Energy Efficiency
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The topic of energy efficiency has taken center stage in the public arena for several reasons, but most of the country has their eye on one: saving money on energy bills. If you’re looking to hold on to those few extra bucks while decreasing your environmental impact, then these tips might give you that extra guidance you’ve been looking for. Even if you can’t complete all of them, every little bit helps.
#1 – Upgrade the Water Heater
If it’s in your budget, buy that new furnace or water heater you’ve been eyeing. This will immediately decrease your energy usage and potentially bring your efficiency rating up to 95%.
#2 – Spray Foam the Basement
Spray foam your basement or crawlspace area to ensure that it stays dry and mold-free. Not only will this decrease the chance that these spaces will expel heat or air conditioning, but it could potentially add to your living space well. If you want to take it a step further, then do the same to your roof. This extra insulation will help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
#3 - Replace Your Old Windows
Just like your roof, windows can undo all other areas of energy efficiency by allowing cold air or even rain into your home. For the best results, make sure that the windows you choose at least have an Energy Star Rating.
#4 – Insulate Your Walls with Cellulose
This can be pain-free if your house has a wood frame, although if it’s a masonry home, it can be a bit trickier. Check with a contractor to see what options you have.
#5 – Always Pick Energy Star Appliances
This purchase alone could decrease your energy usage by up to 15%, lowering your everyday environmental impact, and making up for any extra money you might spend on such a purchase.
#6 – Go Solar!
If you really want to go all the way, add a renewable energy source to your home: i.e. home solar power. This will ensure that your energy needs will be met for years to come without the unpredictable cost increases that come along with the public energy grid.
Even if you can only address one of these changes, every little bit counts. And saving that little extra bit can add up to hundreds over the course of a year – or thousands over the course of ten.
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